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Safer Neighbourhood Programmes

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of (a) the potential of nationwide implementation of safer neighbourhood programmes such as that introduced by Birmingham council and (b) the effectiveness of the National Community Safety Plan; and if he will make a statement. (78525)

There has been no formal national evaluation of safer neighbourhoods work. However, Local Strategic Partnerships are encouraged to evaluate such projects in their area to identify “what works”, and to mainstream successful initiatives into their core programmes. National developments such as neighbourhood policing, Respect and the National Community Safety Plan all encourage neighbourhood level working to make communities safer places. It is too early to evaluate the impact of the National Community Safety Plan, given that it is a three year plan which has only been “live” for less than six months.